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never have been in circulation. the federal government has already reached the debt ceiling of nearly $16.4 trillion. >>> and a dangerous find in new york's central park. conservancy workers were cleaning an 18th-century cannon when it was realized it was fully loaded and ready to fire full of gunpower and a cannon ball. a bomb squad was called in to remove the explosives. >>> i'll be back in one hour and i'll show you the apps that can help you track the deadly flu outbreak. where you live. and locate a doctor who can treat you if you get sick. but first, ali velshi explains why we still don't have a budget and how our elected officials have bungled a basic business process that most of us handle with ease, it's a must-see "your money" starts right now. >>> america's road to economic recovery is wide open. it's right there in front of us. if our elected officials don't put some major road blocks in the way. i'm ali velshi, this is your money. debt ceilings, budgets and debt ceilings are all you're going to here coming out of washington the next few months and the partisan warfare in
in your way. i'm ali velshi. debt ceilings, budgets and spending cuts are all you'll hear coming out of washington for the next few months. the partisan warfare in washington could put a dent in any recovery. the threat is real. the next battle will be another clash over raising the u.s. debt ceiling. the current ceiling was officially hit on december 31st, but like last time the u.s. treasury is using extraordinary measures to get through about late february or early march. if congress doesn't act by then, the government risks not being able to pay some of its bills. republicans seem to think the debt ceiling is a useful tool to limit how much the government spends, but that is not what the debt ceiling law is supposed to do. it gives the u.s. treasury the flexibility to borrow money to pay the government's bills without going to congress to get approval every single time. it has nothing to do with spe spending or debt control. you might want it to be about spending control like i'd like to be in "people's" list of 50 most beautiful people. wishful thinking doesn't make it happen. t
will open his news conference later today we're told with a statement on the debt ceiling and why he has said repeatedly over these past few weeks that he will not negotiate with republicans about raising the debt ceiling, as a result he says he won't negotiate, republicans say that is a bargaining chip that they have to try to cut spending to deal with the nation's deficit. we're watching what's going on at the white house, we'll have the full coverage of the news conference leading into it. we're also watching right now what's happening in newtown, connecticut. one month to the stay after that brutal massacre, you're looking now at live pictures, a news conference there, they're going to read a poem, let's listen in. >> it is a sad honor to be here today. it's been one month since i lost my son dillon and 25 other teams lost their loved ones. at times it feels like only yesterday and at other times it feels as if many years have passed. i still find myself reaching for dillon's hand to walk through a car parking lot. it's so hard to believe he's gone. at the same time i look at our com
for a full-blown fight over the debt ceiling in his first month on the job? pocket change. you heard about this idea. the trillion dollar coin to handle the debt ceiling. well, today we will tell you where it all started and whether or not it is really something president obama might use. they won't rule it out important some reason. and back to the future. the gun debate of 1994 had many lessons for the fight unfolding today. what can president obama learn from president clinton's success? good morning from washington. thursday, january 10, 2013. this is "the daily run-down." i'm chuck todd. let's get to my first read of the morning. this afternoon president obama will formally name his chief of staff, jack lew, to replace treasury secretary tim geithner. a sign the white house expects a big fight over the federal budget lew is the safe pick. he has been confirmed twice by the senate before. just in this administration. if confirmed in time, he can face his first test next month over the debt ceiling. lew is a walk among walks. described in one profile by the huffington post. quote, as ha
congress either give me the authority to raise the debt ceiling or exercise the responsibility that they have kept for themselves and raise the debt ceiling because this is about paying your bills. everybody -- everybody here understands this. i mean, this is not a complicated concept. you don't go out to dinner and eat all you want and then leave without paying the check. if you do, you're breaking the law. congress should think about it the same way that the american people do. now, if congress wants to have a debate about maybe we shouldn't go out to dinner next time, maybe we should go to a more modest restaurant, that's fine. that's a debate that we should have. but you don't say in order for me to control my appetites, i'm going to not pay the people who already provided me services. it's not meeting your obligations. you can't do that. that's not a credible way to run this government. we've got to stop lurching from crisis to crisis to crisis when there's this clear path ahead of us that simply requires some discipline, some responsibility, and some compromise. that's wh
threats to breach the debt ceiling is very scary, it will be about life after default. [ indistinct shouting ] ♪ [ indistinct shouting ] [ male announcer ] time and sales data. split-second stats. [ indistinct shouting ] ♪ it's so close to the options floor... [ indistinct shouting, bell dinging ] ...you'll bust your brain box. ♪ all on thinkorswim from td ameritrade. ♪ >>> is the biggest national security threat facing the pentagon actually out of control spending? up next, why cutting the defense budget is job number one for the defense secretary, barney frank will be our next guest. >>> and later, the drama sounding the so-called trillion dollar coin. so, we all set? i've got two tickets to paradise! pack your bags, we'll leave tonight. uhh, it's next month, actually... eddie continues singing: to tickets to... paradiiiiiise! no four. remember? whoooa whooaa whooo! you know ronny, folks who save hundreds of dollars by switching to geico sure are happy. and how happy are they jimmy? happier than eddie money running a travel agency. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes cou
the debt ceiling to keep the federal government running. basically what would happen if they did not increase it is a washington that's never in history prioritized spending would be forced to do just that. social security checks would go out. the military would be funded. but maybe we would abolish some programs finally. so i think he's just trying to get ahead of the republicans. dagen: now, if it was going to be a pronouncement of platitude, though, john, he wouldn't hold a press conference, he would just come out and make some statement. but he has to face the media, and he will have to face tough questions about this. but that's not really in the cards, is it? is this a tactic that the republicans will use saying we don't need to raise the debt ceiling, but at the end of the day, spending is not going to get cut, not in the way it would have to. >> i think you're right. we're never going to see the spending get cut. because i don't think either party wants to cut spending that they regularly talk about and obama talked about cutting spending line by line. republicans talked
it must raise the debt ceiling and that the fed is going to keep buying bonds for now. on this one-month anniversary of the heinous, awful newtown shootings, the sheriff comes out in favor of banning assault weapons. "the kudlow report" begins right now. >>> first up tonight, president obama slams the republicans. he says no gimmick, no magic coins. just the plain old standoff on the debt ceiling. who is gonna blink first in this? john harwood joins us from washington with the details. good evening. >> good evening. the president used the last news conference of first term to draw an ever-brighter line with congressional republicans on the debt ceiling. they say they want dollar for dollar spending cuts to be matched with an increase in the debt ceiling. the president said i'll negotiate with you, but not over the debt ceiling. he simply is not going to allieu republicans to take the full faith and credit of the united states and the health of the u.s. economy as hostages. >> they will not collect our ransom in exchange for crashing the american economy. the financial well-being of
debt ceiling. >> it would be a self inflicted wound on the economy, it would slow down our growth. might tip us in to recession. and ironically, would probably increase our deficit. so to even entertain the idea of this happening, of the united states of america not paying its bills, is irresponsible. it's absurd. we are not a deadbeat nation. >> thank goodness. but next, news flash, we already hit the ceiling two weeks ago. and the treasury's been using, quote, extraordinary measures to pay its bills. what does that even mean? the money shuffle can't last forever. the u.s. is out of money to pay its bills, it's already spent in less than four weeks. i have cousins that do that. they play to hold the debt ceiling hostage. aides say half the conference is ready to let the nation default. speaker boehner will school them on the real threat later this week. even a temporary extension for, say, two or three months could rattle the markets and threaten the nation's credit rating. last time they hashled out a debt deal? summer of 2011 and we ended up more than a trillion dollars in mand
obama on the debt ceiling said he will not negotiate while republicans "hold a gun to the head of the american people." this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. president obama declares the health of the american people is not a bargaining chip. the president warns against the prospect of what he called republicans holding the economy hostage. over the debt ceiling. it was the primary focus of the last news conference of his first term. we have fox team coverage. seep your political analyst brit hume will have analysis of that event. correspondent shannon bream tells us about another big topic today. gun control. we begin with white house correspondent wendell goler on the partisan tone over the debt. good evening, wendell. >> good evening. >> bret: the party that doesn't control the white house is rarely happy about raising the debt ceiling. >> reporter: recent years a genuine threat not to do so. >> raising the nation's debt ceiling, the president told reporters is a necessity caused by spending in the past. not something to trade with congress
, i'll explain more about why the republican threats to breach the debt ceiling is very scary, it will be about life after default. what are you doing? nothing. are you stealing our daughter's school supplies and taking them to work? no, i was just looking for my stapler and my... this thing. i save money by using fedex ground and buy my own supplies. that's a great idea. i'm going to go... we got clients in today. [ male announcer ] save on ground shipping at fedex office. fourneau. >>> is the biggest national security threat facing the pentagon actually out of control spending? up next, why cutting the defense budget is job number one for the defense secretary, barney frank will be our next guest. >>> and later, the drama sounding the so-called trillion dollar coin. ♪ ♪ ♪ we're lucky, it's not every day you find a companion as loyal as a subaru. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. >>> the controversy over chuck hagel has been all about high-level strategy. our relationship with israel, our negotiations with iran, whether we should have gone into iraq at all. and
the debt ceiling or exercise the responsibility that they have kept for themselves and raise the debt ceiling. because this is about paying your bills. everybody here understands this. i mean, this is not a complicated concept. you don't go out to dinner and then, you know, eat all you want, and then leave without paying the check. and if you do, you're breaking the law. and congress should think about it the same way the american people do. you don't -- now, if congress wants to have a debate about maybe we shouldn't go out to dinner next time, maybe we should go to a more modest restaurant, that's fine. that's the debate that we should have. but you don't say, in order for me to control my appetites, i'm going to not pay the people who already provided me services. people who already lent me the money. that's not showing any discipline. all that's doing is not meeting your obligations. you can't do that. and that's not a credible way to run this government. we've got to stop lurching from crisis to crisis to crisis when there's this clear path ahead of us, that simply requires some
. >> arthel: a new battle over the separation of powers playing out over the debt ceiling. four leading democrats urging president obama to consider doing an end run around congress by raising the nation's borrowing limit without congressional approval. does the president have this authority? what could democrats think if the party dynamics were reversed? bringing in our political panel, mercedes, former spokesperson for president george w. bush, and richard goodstein, the democratic political consultant and former advisor to hillary clinton for president in 2008. good to see both of you. >> thank you. >> arthel: mercedes, you first. should president obama invoke the 14th amendment protection and bypass congress and do you think raising the debt ceiling is good or bad for the good of the country and tell me why? >> it would be unwise for president obama to basically bypass congress. as we know in the constitution, it clearly states that congress has the power of the purse. so it is their responsibility to deal with the debt ceiling. if we give the president this raw power grab, i think
this is according to the white house. he's going to be focusing though on the debt ceiling. that will be his opening statement. now, the president has made repeated calls for congress to raise the limit without strings attached. we'll see how it goes. also likely to be mentioned in today's presidential news conference is the administration's push for gun control. today marked one month since the deadly shooting in newtown, connecticut. but vice president joe biden is expected to deliver his recommendations to the president tomorrow is holding one last meeting today with a dozen house democrats. as the gun control discussion takes center stage on capitol hill, the white house is already saying it will put its full force behind those proposals including what could be the toughest fight, the call to revibe the assault weapons ban. >> assault weapon ban is a tough one because it's hard to define what assault weapon is. and if we're just defining it by what it looks like, that doesn't do much for me. >> you think you have enough on capitol hill to keep an assault weapons ban fro
. showdowns over the debt ceiling and gun control. heather: wendell goler is live for us at the white house. good morning, wendell. why is the president holding a news conference now? >> reporter: well, heather, as john said it is the last week of the president's first term and wants to talk about the issue likely to dominate his second. that is the nation's debt and deficit. we already reached the $16 trillion debt limit set by congress. treasury secretary tim geithner says his accounting tricks and maneuvers can only buy us a couple more months the president wants to call on congress to raise the debt ceiling without drama. he says even the threat, note to raise the debt ceiling could cause a down-tick in the nation's credit rating as it did in 2011. republicans are determined to use that leverage. it may be the only leverage they have to raise the nation's debt ceiling. in the past it has worked to demand spending cuts in exchange for raising the nation's debt ceiling. they intend to do it this time. heather? heather: a lot going on in washington. we hear rumors the president may address
fight over the debt ceiling? >> well, first, these last-minute deals are no way to run the government. i can tell you that. we know what the problem is. you're going to have al simpson and erskine bowles on. they have talked about this for a couple of years now. we have a spending problem. you know, we have a debt the size of our economy, which makes us look a lot like greece. this administration has driven spending as a percentage of our economy from 21% up to almost 25%. we've resolved the tax issue now. it's over. it's behind us. we were able to get permanent tax relief for 99% of american taxpayers. and for 500,000 small businesses. so that's behind us. what's left to be dealt with is the spending. and it's a shame that the president doesn't embrace the effort to reduce spending. none of us like using these situations like the sequester or the debt ceiling or the operation of government to try to engage the president to deal with this. but -- >> but you said that was a strategy, that's what you learned. i want to come back to the question. it's a hostage that's worth ransoming, the d
into the debt ceiling limit and whether you go past it. here is what the president said about that on tuesday. let's list. >> if congress refuses to give the united states government the ability to pay these bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy would be catastrophic. far worse than the impact of a fiscal cliff. >> congressman jordan back in 2011 when we had the debate you advocated going past the debt ceiling deadline saying it wouldn't be such a bad thing. would you advocate that again this year? >> i advocated a solution and not a deal. it is no wonder the president doesn't want to debate this. if i had prosided over the four annual highest deficits in american history, $5 trillion increase in the national debt i probably wouldn't want to talk about the issue either. let's look at the facts. since the debt ceiling agreement passed 16 months ago the day after it passed we got a downgrade from s&p. a week after the market dropped 1300 points. the supercommittee which chris and so many members voted for fell apart like we all thought it would and the only scheduled cut
the effort to reduce spending. none of us like using these situations like the sequester or the debt ceiling or the operation of government to try to engage the president to deal with this. but -- >> but you said that was a strategy, that's what you learned. i want to come back to the question. it's a hostage that's worth ransoming, the debt ceiling of the united states government. is that the strategy that you would ransom that here again to force the kind of spending cuts that you think are necessary? >> it's a shame that we have to use whatever leverage we have in congress to get the president to deal with the biggest problem confronting our future. and that's our excessive spending. >> but you're conceding that that may be the strategy this time? >> well, what the strategy ought to be is we ought to be doing something about the problem. >> well, i understand that. but there are additional problems as well that flow from that. as you know, after the debt ceiling was resolved in the summer of 2011, america's credit rating was downgraded. johningler was the republican governor of michigan a
. >>> the white house must first deal with the spending and the looming debt ceiling and if congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling coming up, the u.s. go in default. that could trigger a worse economy reaction than we feared in the fiscal cliff situation. we have the latest. if republicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling there's the possibility that the president can work around the congress, but it's likely. >> there are a couple of possibilities that are being floated around, thomas. one is that the white house could use the 14th amendment, that would allow the president to increase the debt ceiling without congress' approval, and it says validity of the public debt of the united states shall not be questioned. some democrats wrote a letter to the white house on friday saying it gives the president the authority to increase the debt ceiling unilaterally, and another option that is floated is to essentially mint a platinum coin worth a trillion dollars. this is a idea that dates back to a 1997 appropriations bill that deals with the issue. the white house saying they do not believe tha
unprecedented. there's no change in sight. this is the debt ceiling debate of july and august 2011 which was supposed to come to grips with spending and our debt. it was punted off until this january. what came out was another probably as a result of the next one. we will come out with everything deferred. we are not facing the problem. ultimately, it will destroy our economy. >> i disagree with both nina and charles. it was postponed. it was avoided. that's a good thing. yes, the candid get kicked down the road. they had to because of the sequestration that will be taking place. what was achieved is that the president the achieved his goal of increasing the tax rate on the wealthy. that was important. the loser clearly being speaker boehner. yet a bad beginning of the year. >> the voters send them across the washingtons and make sure that they get every benefit that the government has available to them. they some republicans to washington to make sure that they will not have to pay. both parties keeping promises. they will much such a single gray hair on that beautiful hair of social se
's going to start off talking about the debt ceiling. he'll call for republicans to raise it without a fight. but several gop members have already said the debt ceiling is going to be where they draw a line in the sand. >>> check out the first page of politico this morning. double trouble. house gop, eyes default, shutdown. and it talks about the very real possibility that house republican members want to see the government shut down or default if they don't get the cuts they want. >>> let me bring in "times" deputy bureau chief ed o'keefe. good morning to both of you. this is all just breaking now, but the president has said and he said it consistently. he's not negotiating over the debt ceiling. michael, is this more of what we're going to hear from him today? is he going to lay the groundwork for the battle ahead? >> i think so. to some degree i think what's happening is a game of chicken unfortunately. i know the financial markets hate it. and it kind of turns your stomach a little bit. but obama has said we're absolutely not negotiating over the weekend a significant event when
shut downs and debt ceilings. vice president sebiden is meeti with the nra and senator feinstein wants to ban handguns the kudlow report begins right now. >> cnbc contributor jared bernstein. i can't think of a single reason why they have to put in such an unstring wi undistinguished person in such an important spot. >> i take issue with that. you have to take into consideration issues, but i will say when it comes to one of the most important jobs of the treasury secretary, which is managing the budget, you can't have a better guy than jack lu. you can talk a lot about it. >> that is where i disagree. this is not, hang on a second. i'm going to give jimmy a whack at this. this is not the director of the office of managing the budget. that is where i used to work. this is about financial matters. this is about guys who know what goes on at the world's financial capitol. this is about guys who used to look after the currency and about guys who are going to have to deal with republicans over the debt ceiling and according to every leader that i have talked to, he is poison to republicans
'm going to tell you why i think a debt ceiling and government shutdown, bad idea. i'm going to show you a better way. the "kudlow report" begins right now. . >>> first up, amid allegations of anti-semitism and antiisrael sentiments, president obama nonetheless nominated former republican senator chuck hagel for the position of secretary of defense. that today, also reportedly soft on iranian sanctions. so is there any truth to these charges? here to discuss eliot abrams, a senior fellow at the council on foreign relations. eliot, happy new year and as always, welcome back. are these charges -- is there merit to these charges? first of all, anti-semitism. >> look, i can't read his mind. i can only go by the public record. the public record suggests he's got a problem with jews, frankly. there's reports from the members of the tiny nebraska jewish community that they never had a politician in nebraska who was so indifferent, their word, indifferent to the community. who took no interest, who was completely nonresponsive to any requests they made. there's a beginning. then you have these q
to use the he 14th amendment to bypass congress and go over the debt ceiling. here is what nancy pelosi said about it, and i'm quoting directly, i would use the 14th amendment. which said that the united states will always be paying. i would just go do it. the judge weighs in on the 14th amendment later this hour and coming up right after the opening bell, we'll have art laffer with us, former reagan economic advisor. what happens if we ignore the debt ceiling? i've got big news and a major hit for apple's iphone. weak demand forces the company to cut orders. samsung is the new kid on the block with the galaxy. find out how apple opens after the upcoming break and congress says that climate change is it here and it's our fault. is a carbon tax coming? yeah, art laffer on that, too, apple may be below 500 bucks a share, we'll tell you. we've got it all. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro. omnipotent of opportunity. you know how to mix business... with business. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle. and go. you can even take a ful
the authority to raise the debt ceiling without congress? will he tried to? our handwriting expert is digitalis about the most talked-about signature. will it end up on our dollar bill? can you read that? >> from that fox business studios in new york city, it's "the willis report" with gerri willis ♪ gerri: as the debt ceiling showdown, members of the financial services round table now headed by former gop presidential candidate temple in tay are urging congress to raise the debt ceiling. failure to do so will cause a wire. will republicans caved? always great to have you on this show. what do you make of this? these and other business leaders of this country who are saying, you have to raise that debt ceiling. >> a little hypocritical. these business leaders of the same ones to say we have to do something about our enormous debt, and what will cause a wire to our nation's finances continuing to go around borrowing a trillion dollars year after year after year. the phony issue, people are saying if we don't pass the debt ceiling it's a default. that is off the table. the constitution prevents
yesterday. >>> to our top story a debt ceiling disaster could be coming sooner than expected. a new report by the bipartisan policy center says without congressional action the u.s. will smash into its borrowing limit as early as mid-february. are we doomed to default or will lawmakers be able to get the ball rolling and solve this crisis? i don't know. we have a money power panel to help us sort it all out. the former tennessee governor, phil bredesen, from the fix the debt committee. douglas holtz-eakin formerly of the cbo and evan bayh, former senator and fox news contributor. wow what a power panel. i hardly know where to start. phil, you think it is appalling we gotten this far. why? >> i just think play games, the political games with the faith and credit of the united states is a crazy position to be in. like playing with fireworks and playing with matches in a fireworks factory or something. i understand the need to deal with entitlements and to reduce costs on that but there are other ways of doing that. there is the whole sequester thing coming up down the road. i just think it i
with a conversation about politics and economics and debt ceilings and fiscal cliffs and sequestration with david leonhardt of the "new york times" and austan goolsbee, former chairman of the president's council of economic advisors. >> there's much less of a sense in obama that he can get the grand bargain. although he's still trying. he and boehner both are. i think he's much more cynical about what republicans will agree to and i think he's come to think that many of them won't do anything with him. >> rose: national security, politics, and the economy when we continue. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. poop announced his picks for two of the most important national security positions earlier today. for secretary of defense he nominated former republican senator chuck hagel. he chose counterterrorism advisor john brennan to head the c.i.a.. >> chuck hagel is the leader that our troops deserve. he is an american patriot, he enlisted in the army and volunteered for vietnam. as the young private and then sergeant he served with ho
democratic leaders insist revenues will be needed. the deal also did not tackle the impending debt ceiling, a debate that will likely consume congress in the months ahead. joining me from washington, david leonhardt, he is the washington bureau chief of the "new york times." from chicago, austan goolsbee, a professor at the university of chicago booth school of business and previously chairman of the president's council of economic advisors. i'm pleased to have both of them back on this program. david, let me begin with you and tell me exactly where you think we are having that january 1 up to the last minute deal. what is the order of business for the executive branch and the legislative branch to do something to develop some sense of predictability and certainty and a road map for the future. >> well, we just missed a pretty substantial opportunity thief happen because i think the bigger deals that were on the table that president obama and speaker boehner were talking about would have removed some of these up coming deadlines, like the debt ceiling. and they didn't get one of those bigg
, january the 14th, and the president, as toure just satisfied, won't back down on the debt ceiling or on gun safety. >> what should we be doing to make sure that our children are safe? >> they're not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this congress. >> i see no need for bushmasters in the hands of an individual person who might be deranged. >> how about a clip? >> i think -- i don't think ultimately they're going to get that either. >> never before have we seen our babies slaughtered. on just guns alone will in the in the political reality we have today will not go anywhere. never before have we seen our babies slaughtered. >> what's wrong with universal background checks? >> we're wasting our time going in that direction when we should be talking about doing away with the gun-free zones. >> do you think you have enough support on capitol hill to keep an assault weapons ban from passing? >> i think right now we do. >> there is a step we can take that will save even one child from what happened in newtown, we should take that step. ♪ you really ought to know
to a big start by taking the week off. >> not just the debt ceiling, but there is also the sequester. >> republicans are not going to play ball in the sequester. >> this is packed with responsibility. >> republicans are saying they have leverage. >> we have to use whatever leverage we have. >> what happens to the leverage? >> actually, misunderstanding the situation. >> a different set of nuts. >> i'll go back to my original question. >> i know what your question is. >> how far are you willing to take this strategy. >> would you rule out a government shutdown? >> i helped close the government twice. i think that is a dead loser. >> hopefully we don't get to that point. >> a place for politics. >> well, i got 98% of what i wanted. i'm pretty happy. >> the republican party losing streak continued today as a new poll shows that republicans also lost in the public perception of the fiscal cliff negotiations. "the was post" shows that 30% approve the way house speaker john boehner handled fiscal cliff negotiations, 56% don't approve, 53% approve the way president obama handled negotiation
as my first term comes to an end. >> brown: the questions were dominated by the looming debt ceiling fight. the president sternly warned republicans not to balk at raising the nation's borrowing limit. >> they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the american economy. the financial well being of the american people is not leverage to be used. the full faith and credit of the united states of america is not a bargaining chip. and they better choose quickly because time is running short. >> brown: congress has until march to raise the debt ceiling and prevent a government default. most republicans have insisted that with the government facing another trillion dollar deficit this year, any increase in borrowing authority must be tied to cuts in spending. the president flatly disagreed. >> i want to be clear about this. the debt ceiling is not a question of authorizing more spending. so while i'm willing to compromise and find common ground over how to reduce our deficits, america cannot afford another debate with this congress about whether or not they should pay the b
way to avoid the debt ceiling. hear what senate democrats are telling the president to do today. >>> fighting the flu. the illness has now reached epidemic levels in the u.s. is it slowing down? >>> signature moment. how comics are taking on jacob lew's unique, to say the least, scrawl of his name. good morning, everyone. welcome to "weekends with alex witt." what's happening out there. after meeting with the president of afghanistan, president obama sharing new details this morning on how he plans to end the u.s. involvement there. >> this remains a very difficult mission, the work ahead will not be easy. our forces are still in harm's way. but make no mistake, our path is clear, and we are moving forward. because after a decade of war, the nation we need to rebuild is our own. >> kristen welker is at the white house. a very good start morning to you. let's talk about the details that the president revealed about the future role of the u.s. in afghanistan. >> good morning to you, alex. the big headline that came out of the joint news conference between president obama and hamid
. >> good to have you on the program. thank you for your time tonight. >>> battle over the debt ceiling and spending cuts. jon harwood will recap the latest war of words doming up next. then words from the billionaire executive who says we need to watch out for creeping socialism into the country. he was born in hungary and he sees a lot of warning signs. >>> plus nightmare on housing. so called zombie homes. what are they? this will shock you. back in a moment. [ male announcer ] you've climbed a few mountains during your time. and having an investment expert like northern trust by your side makes all the difference. we add precision to your portfolio construction by directly matching your assets and your risk preferences against your own unique life goals. we call it goals driven investing. after all, you don't climb a mountain just to sit at the top. you look around for other mountains to climb. ♪ expertise matters. find it at northern trust. >>> welcome back. zombie homes, have you heard of this? diana olick tells us what they are and how they can impact your property value. >> th
to raise the debt ceiling. >> four top democrats that he should take it. sending a letter to the president. you have to take lawful steps to make sure the america doesn't trigger a global crisis. that is different story from seven years ago when the same four, each of them, voted against raising the debt limit. byron york has hit his limit. i think that is called hypocrisy which seems to be our theme but what do you make of it? >> that is one word you are hearing a lot. not only did they vote against it. harry reid, dick durbin, charles schumer and patty murray plus their fellow senators barack obama and joe boel in 2006 voted against increasing the debt limit. what senator obama said, it was very serious argument about how borrowing was killing america. the money spent on interested was taking money away that that could be spent on infrastructure disaster relief. the money we borrowed from foreign countries was making us vulnerable to the whims of foreign leaders whose prerogatives is not the same as ours. borrowing weakenings us and i will not vote to increase the nation's debt limit. >>
. with the fiscal cliff in the rear view mirror, raising the debt ceiling is washington's next big drama. we look at why its so important. >> susie: i'm susie gharib. that drama, could have a new cast member, we're learning the president will nominate jacob lew as his next treasury secretary. >> tom: and with its reputation already on the ropes, a.i.g., the big bailed-out insurer, decides against suing uncle sam. >> susie: that and more tonight on "n.b.r."! >> tom: there could soon be a new signature on the dollar bill, jacob "jack" lew is said to be the president's pick to replace treasury secretary timothy geithner. that nomination is expected tomorrow. should he be confirmed by the senate, one of lew's first challenges will be dealing with the rapidly approaching debt ceiling. darren gersh reports. >> reporter: assuming he wins senate confirmation, jacob "jack" lew will take over a treasury that is rapidly running out of cash. the federal government has already hit the debt ceiling. and the only way the government can pay its bills is by using accounting gimmicks to move money around. those tr
. this time over the nation's debt ceiling. >> fifthsyrian president bashar al-assad addressed his war-torn nation in a rare speech. he stood firm against global calls for him to step down. and proposed a peace process that would leave him in power. the obama administration quickly rejected it. more than 60-thousand people have reportedly been killed during a bloody civil war two years. searching for dozens of people who may be missing in wildfires in southeast tasmania. those wildfires have already destroyed more than a hundred homes. also been evacuated from the tasmania peninsula because the fires have blocked roads in and out of the rural communities. firefighters are having a tough time getting the flames under control because of the rough terrain. but they say they should gain the upper ground this week. >> president obama and the first family are back in washington tonight. after wrapping up their holiday vacation in hawaii. air force one touched down at joint base andrews in maryland earlier this morning. the president interrupted his vacation by flying back to washington to se
refused, saying they're refusing to negotiate over the debt ceiling. question is show, how do they enforce not negotiating when they have their own arcane plan b. over the weekend, the treasury didn't department took one of toews off the table. the trillion dollar platinum coin. senate democrats suggested another plan brk. they wrote in a letter to the president that if the republicans refused to raise the debt ceiling or agreed to do it as part of unbalanced legislation, then we believe you must be willing to take any lawful steps to ensure that america does not break its promises and trigger a global economic crisis without congressional approval if negative. so senate democrats are beg igi the white house to consider maybe it's the 14th amount md option. whatever it is, they're begging the white house to find a plan b. meanwhile, the republican leadership is quietly trying to push itself rank and file away from a debt ceiling showdown, believing the fight worth having is over funding the government in a potential government shutdown. the risk, if they use debt ceiling as the leverage po
in the final news conference of the first term, the president took questions on the debt ceiling and the gun debate. first, on the rising debt ceiling, the president took direct aim at republicans accusing them of using the nation's credit rating as a, quote, bargaining chip. >> the republicans in congress had two choices here. they can act responsibly and pay america's bills or they can act irresponsibly and put america through another economic crisis. but they will not collect our ransom in exchange for not crashing the american economy. the issue here is whether or not america pays its bills. we are not a deadbeat nation. >> and the debate over guns, one month after 26 children and adults were killed in newtown, and with the nra saying assault weapon ban would not pass congress, the president urged house members to, quote, examine their own conscience. >> the belief that we have to have stronger background checks, that we can do a much better job in terms of keeping these magazine clips with high capacity out of the hands of folks who shouldn't have them, an assault weapons ban that's mea
this president the right to do so not evil. republicans holding the debt ceiling hostage wrong. democrats doing the same thing, not wrong. not close. you can't say republicans aren't reading the will of the people in election when the people kept them in charge of the house in the same election. election have consequences, of course. perhaps hiking taxes on the rich is up with of them. but that does not mean we don't do a lick about our debt. not getting a handle on spending wasn't one of them. hearing only one side don't make you a journalist but doing so to ignore the other side makes you charyl top. charlatan. go after the goose, go after the gander. what is a gander? do you know? be fair, balanceed. both sides. have at it. >> dana: hello, i'm dana perino with kimberly guilfoyle, bob beckel, eric bolling, andrea tantaros. it's 5:00 in new york city. this is "the five." ♪ ♪ >> dana: earlier today, president obama held the final press conference of his first term in the east room of the white house. the main attraction, our old friend the debt ceiling. they could default on the debt, unles
this over the budget. >> goodbye fiscal cliff hello debt ceiling. >> the fiscal cliff fight was ugly but will the debt ceiling struggle be eveninging uglier. >> hard to believe but this could get uglier. [ laughter ] the government is aetch perfecting the legal limit for how much kit borrow also known as the debt ceiling. republicans can demand that the president make spending cuts or we'll hit the debt ceiling and go through it. [ laughter ] or get crushed by it or you know what? we might have to make a skylight in it. sounds nice. it's pretty but they rarely get caulked properly and when it rains, it drips and ruins your sisal carpet. the republicans are clearly in a strong position but the president might have a trick up his sleeve. >> is there a magic bullet to solve the crisis? try a magic coin. some economists, legal scholars and a congressman are suggest a $1 trillion platinum coin could be minted and the government could use it to pay the debt, avoid default and preempt the debt ceiling crisis. >> stephen: we should have known that a coin was obama's solution to everything. i
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